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HUM& 117
Hum. II Beyond Knights & Ladies


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Humanities]

Lecture Hours:50


Description
What do the terms "medieval" and "renaissance" mean, and how are they connected to our lives today? By the end of this course, you will be able to recognize and comphrehend the characteristics of the Medieval and Renaissance Eras and to confidently think, talk, and write about them! The student should be able to evaluate the momentous transition(s) from Medieval to Renaissance culture through themes of change such as religious schism and reform (values and spirituality), family and social structures (social and political systems), the plague (medicine), the Little Ice Age (environment), and the birth of print culture (technology). In addition we will practice translating, interpreting, and critiquing culturally and linguistically diverse works in literature, philosophy, and visual and performing arts so that we may connect Medieval and Renaissance insights to western culture -- how did these eras in Europe shape the values of modern Americans? [H]

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Identify the major characteristics of the European Middle Ages and Renaissance and connect them to western culture today.
  • Compare artistic, architectural, musical, religious, and cultural values between the two eras as well as their influence on modern life.
  • Evaluate the momentous transition(s) from Medieval to Renaissance culture, including religious, social, and technological changes.
  • Critique culturally and linguistically diverse works in literature, philosophy, and visual and performing arts.
  • Analyze these eras critically by presenting opinions and responses to reading/viewing through use of textual evidence and other rhetorical devices.

  • Course Topics
  • Medieval spirituality (e.g. Christianity, Islam, and Judeism; the Protestant Reformation)
  • Social and political systems (peasant, priest, and prince; the Crusades; the birth of print culture; chivalry; courtly love)
  • Medieval medicine (the Black Plague)
  • The medieval environment (the Little Ice Age, attitudes towards animals via the bestiary)
  • Technological innovations (the birth of print culture, castle construction; introduction of the Gothic cathedral)
  • Literary and legal texts of England, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy
  • Art (sculpture, painting, manuscript illumination, and woodcutting)
  • Music (pre-polyphonic)

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    HUM& 117
    Winter 2015
    1588
    Denise Ortiz
    HUM& 117
    Winter 2012
    6684
    James Bower
    HUM& 117
    Winter 2011
    1285
    Jon Stratton
    HUM& 117
    Winter 2010
    1285
    Jon Stratton


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
    X
     
     
     
     
    X
     
     
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.